Supply chain professionals have a responsibility to develop local suppliers and must step up to meet the challenge, noted Peter van Rijs, supply chain manager, Middle East and North Africa at Shell, speaking at the recent CIPS Middle East Conference in Dubai, reported Supply Management.
Van Rijs told delegates that both governments and communities expect to benefit from the investment and resources of businesses through capacity building and job creation, and there are advantages for companies too.
“It is efficient for a company to have your equipment and materials locally sourced, instead of getting them from outside the country – specifically in countries like Iraq where you have to take a lot of security measures. From a cost perspective that is also an efficient way of doing things,” he said.
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